Yesterday was a big day for a number of players, as Sunday always is, but two players in particular made huge impacts when given the ball, and one of them wasn't even a starter. Here are their stats lines.
Ryan Moats (RB-HOU): 23 carries, 126 yards rushing, 3 rushing touchdowns, 2 receptions, 25 yards receiving
Brett Favre (QB-MIN): 28 attempts, 17 completions, 244 yards passing, 4 passing touchdowns
What do these lines mean? In the case of Moats, who took over for starter Steve Slaton after Slaton's fifth fumble this season, it means that there are going to be changes in Houston, and those changes may not be welcome by those folks who drafted Slaton in a high spot. After finally finding a rhythm with the passing game, Slaton fumbled after a 7-yard reception. Moats looked strong after taking over and was certainly key in the Houston victory. Now coach Gary Kubiak must give some consideration to letting Moats handle the ball more often, creating a running back by committee approach possibly. Keep on the lookout for more news on this subject.
Brett Favre has elevated himself from strong start to must-start in my book. His exemplary play is now just as key to the Vikings' success as Adrian Peterson's powerful ground work. With the passing game solidified, the Vikes look like a strong contender down the stretch and investments in Percy Harvin should pay off this year.
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